Temple era Mikveh is discovered in Ein Kerem (9 images)

A 2,000 year old mikveh, Jewish ritual bath, was discovered under a house in the Ein Kerem neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel, during renovations, July 1, 2015.
Updated: July 1, 2015 at 9:49 AM
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Tal, the owner of the house, stands in a 2,000 year old mikveh, Jewish ritual bath, that was discovered under his living room in the Ein Kerem neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel, during renovations, July 1, 2015. The Israeli owners of the private house discovered a pair of wooden doors beneath a rug which led to the ancient ritual bath. Archeologist say the discovery is important since Ein Kerem is considered a place sacred to Christianity where according to the New Testament, John the Baptist was born and where his pregnant mother Elizabeth met Mary, mother of Jesus. The discovery of the ritual bath reinforces the hypothesis there was a Jewish settlement from the time of the Second Temple located in what is the Ein Kerem neighborhood today. Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI
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Ancient steps lead to a 2,000 year old mikveh, Jewish ritual bath, that was discovered under the living room of a private house in the Ein Kerem neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel, during renovations, July 1, 2015. The Israeli owners of the private house discovered a pair of wooden doors beneath a rug which led to the ancient ritual bath. Archeologist say the discovery is important since Ein Kerem is considered a place sacred to Christianity where according to the New Testament, John the Baptist was born and where his pregnant mother Elizabeth met Mary, mother of Jesus. The discovery of the ritual bath reinforces the hypothesis there was a Jewish settlement from the time of the Second Temple located in what is the Ein Kerem neighborhood today. Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI
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Tal, the owner of the house, places a ladder inside a wooden door that leads to a 2,000 year old mikveh, Jewish ritual bath, that was discovered under his living room in the Ein Kerem neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel, during renovations, July 1, 2015. The Israeli owners of the private house discovered a pair of wooden doors beneath a rug which led to the ancient ritual bath. Archeologist say the discovery is important since Ein Kerem is considered a place sacred to Christianity where according to the New Testament, John the Baptist was born and where his pregnant mother Elizabeth met Mary, mother of Jesus. The discovery of the ritual bath reinforces the hypothesis there was a Jewish settlement from the time of the Second Temple located in what is the Ein Kerem neighborhood today. Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI
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Tal, the owner of the house, prepares to open a wooden door that leads to a 2,000 year old mikveh, Jewish ritual bath, that was discovered under his living room in the Ein Kerem neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel, during renovations, July 1, 2015. The Israeli owners of the private house discovered a pair of wooden doors beneath a rug which led to the ancient ritual bath. Archeologist say the discovery is important since Ein Kerem is considered a place sacred to Christianity where according to the New Testament, John the Baptist was born and where his pregnant mother Elizabeth met Mary, mother of Jesus. The discovery of the ritual bath reinforces the hypothesis there was a Jewish settlement from the time of the Second Temple located in what is the Ein Kerem neighborhood today. Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI
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Archeological artifacts that were discovered under the living room of a house in the Ein Kerem neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel, where a 2,000 year old mikveh, Jewish ritual bath, was discovered under the carpet in the room during renovations, July 1, 2015. The Israeli owners of the private house discovered a pair of wooden doors beneath a rug which led to the ancient ritual bath. Archeologist say the discovery is important since Ein Kerem is considered a place sacred to Christianity where according to the New Testament, John the Baptist was born and where his pregnant mother Elizabeth met Mary, mother of Jesus. The discovery of the ritual bath reinforces the hypothesis there was a Jewish settlement from the time of the Second Temple located in what is the Ein Kerem neighborhood today. Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI
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Tal, the owner of the house, descends on a ladder inside a wooden door that leads to a 2,000 year old mikveh, Jewish ritual bath, that was discovered under his living room in the Ein Kerem neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel, during renovations, July 1, 2015. The Israeli owners of the private house discovered a pair of wooden doors beneath a rug which led to the ancient ritual bath. Archeologist say the discovery is important since Ein Kerem is considered a place sacred to Christianity where according to the New Testament, John the Baptist was born and where his pregnant mother Elizabeth met Mary, mother of Jesus. The discovery of the ritual bath reinforces the hypothesis there was a Jewish settlement from the time of the Second Temple located in what is the Ein Kerem neighborhood today. Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI
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Tal, the owner of the house, kneels in a 2,000 year old mikveh, Jewish ritual bath, that was discovered under his living room in the Ein Kerem neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel, during renovations, July 1, 2015. The Israeli owners of the private house discovered a pair of wooden doors beneath a rug which led to the ancient ritual bath. Archeologist say the discovery is important since Ein Kerem is considered a place sacred to Christianity where according to the New Testament, John the Baptist was born and where his pregnant mother Elizabeth met Mary, mother of Jesus. The discovery of the ritual bath reinforces the hypothesis there was a Jewish settlement from the time of the Second Temple located in what is the Ein Kerem neighborhood today. Photo by Debbie Hill/UPI
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